The world of today’s remote worker is evolving.
Many employers have recognized the benefits of allowing their people—whether full time, part-time, or independent contractors—to perform in an environment that’s not only convenient, but more conducive to efficiency and productivity.
The challenge arises when that environment isn’t all that. Raucous roommates, noisy construction, or the neighbor’s dog that just won’t stop barking are all barriers to concentration. Having access to a coworking space where you can still work independently—and not be constantly stymied by interruptions like office gossip or the never-ending team meeting—provides both a disciplinary setting and a sense of calm.
These spaces also inspire a sense of community, even if individuals using the space have never met. There’s just something about convening with others who are collectively motivated.
Of course, coworking spaces are used for a myriad of reasons, such as bringing remote teams to the city for in-person brainstorming, hosting client planning sessions, having access to certain technical capabilities (e.g. 3D printers), or being a quiet spot for students working on their masters or PhD.
From an employer, employee/freelancer, or student perspective, there is one key factor required to make coworking practical: affordability. Some spaces in New York run upwards of $600 per month, and that’s just for a community membership—not a dedicated desk.
So that begs the question “how can I find an affordable coworking space in Manhattan or NYC? With so many great options to choose from, how can you decide on what best fits your budget, but has the amenities you require to stay productive?
In this article, we are going to break down some of the cheapest coworking space options in New York City and Manhattan, that offer no compromise on amenities, access, and the essentials.
Affordable Coworking Space Memberships $250 and Under
Work Heights space maintains three locations—two in Crown Heights and one in Clinton Hill—and members have access to all three. The most popular package is the “Flex Membership” ($255/month) which allows for 24/7 access to all locations, guaranteed flex desk space with a view and a power source, an ergonomic Herman Miller Caper Chair, and 20 hours per month of conference room and phone booth time.
If you’re more of a night owl or do a lot of work on the weekends, a less expensive option is the “Nights & Weekends” package at $175/month. This option allows access from 5:00 p.m. to 11:45 p.m. on weekdays and 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. on weekends. Amenities are the same as the Flex, aside from a reduction to 10 hours of conference room and phone booth time.
All memberships include high-speed internet (or as it’s described on the website, “super-fast high-speed internet”), free locker for overnight storage, mail and package receiving, printing and scanning, coffee, tea, and snacks, and unlimited access to all the locations, amenities, community lounges, and outdoor gardens.
TEEM offers a day pass for $25, with access from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. The next package available jumps to $225, which allows for 15 visits per month—not quite as robust as the same price-point package offered by Bat Haus. Like most other coworking spaces, TEEM membership includes high-speed internet, conference rooms, lounge area and kitchen, and coffee/espresso, tea, and snacks. The space also offers storage lockers, with the disclaimer that “restrictions apply.
WeWork Now (Previously Spacious as of 2020)-200/mo.
Spacious is one of the first companies to start operating coworking spaces out of restaurants. For $200/month, members have access to the spacious network of locations during times when its restaurant partners are closed. Membership includes free coffee, wifi, and access to open space. Spacious closed its doors after being acquired by WeWork and now offer drop-in rates that start at $6/hr and conference rooms start at $50/hr.
Serendipity Labs is one of the leaders when it comes to coworking franchises. At their Financial District location, members can access their space 5x per month on their affordable $200/month pass. Complimentary coffee, snacks, guest reception and meetup access are all included in their limited pass.
Located in Bed-Stuy, Nowhere Studios offers a creative space where you can set up shop and work for just $195/month, you get 24/7 access under this membership and can work in any open coworking area. Other amenities offered at Nowhere Studios include blazing fast wifi, free coffee, free mail, and package reception. Checking out the rooftop is a must!
The Farm SoHo $179/mo.
Our list would not be complete without the Farm Soho. For $179/month, your membership comes with a guaranteed desk and 4 hours of complimentary conference room hours each month. Since a majority of their space in open, those hours will definitely come in handy. The workspace is outfitted with beautiful farm tables and best of all is pet friendly.
Right next to the Jefferson L stop in Bushwick, Brooklyn Desks is not only accessible, but offers over 9,000 square feet of amenities. For $179/month you receive unlimited access to their open workspaces, lounge, and cafe Monday-Friday 5am-10pm. Definitely a bargain!
Bat Haus- $175/mo.
Bat Haus in Brooklyn offers a number of different membership options, depending on the frequency of use. The “Full” membership ($225/month) allows for five days per week at a fixed desk, conference room access, high-speed internet, and mail and package reception. The space has a kitchen, lounge, and backyard access. Another perk is that you can securely store monitors and other accessories.
Other options include the “Lite” package for $175/month, “Five Per Month” package for $99/month, and a day pass for $25. If you need to chill out at the near end of a long week, Bat Haus offers a weekly social hour every Thursday from 6:00-8:00 p.m. (drinks and snacks provided).
One downside is this space doesn’t accept members whose work involves frequent phone calls, so if you’re a Chatty Cathy, you’ll need to look into other options. And, it does not offer 24/7 access, with hours of operation Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Created by writers, for writers, Paragraph is a niche coworking space that features amenities specific to writers’ needs.
Paragraph’s all-access plans, which allow members to visit either the Union Square or Brooklyn location, start at $170/month for part-time access (Monday-Friday, 5 p.m. to 11:00 a.m. and all day on weekends, holidays, and what they call “summer Fridays”). However, that price point does require a six-month commitment. Full-time, all-access with no commitment required is $275/month and full-time, all-access with a six-month commitment is $215/month.
Prices also vary if you choose the Brooklyn-only plans—$195/month with a six-month commitment and $235/month with no commitment. Day passes are $35 and weekly passes are $95. A one-day free trial is also offered at either location, Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Reciprocal memberships are available for traveling writers in London, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Toronto.
New members are subject to a one-time $95 initiation fee, but if you’re a writer and this environment contributes to creativity and productivity, it might be worth the added cost.
Croissant coworking prides itself in being the Classpass of coworking. They offer a network of locations by partnering with coworking owners. Their $130/month creator membership grants you 40 hours of workspace access per month along with 5 free guest hours allowing you to stay productive on the go.
DropDesk, another online platform that helps remote workers find affordable coworking and meeting spaces. The company offers three plans for individuals: Lite, Pro, and All Access. The Lite package is $25/month and allows for 20 hours of access to pop-up spaces during the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. The Pro plan gives unlimited access to pop-up spaces each month (based on the space’s hours) for $100/month. With the All-Access plan, members can access the entire Dropdesk network of spaces, including 24/7 spaces, for $250/month.
Plans are billed month-to-month and unused hours rollover. Customized team plans are available as well. With membership, users are also offered discounted rates on business services, such as digital marketing services, content creation, and chatbots.
Kettlespace is a cheaper alternative to Spacious. They offer a network of coworking spaces in NYC, that operate out of restaurants. Their $100/month unlimited membership includes access to their locations (while open), coffee, teas and snacks.
New York City’s vibrant atmosphere is driven by hard-working individuals who thrive on creativity and success—it’s no surprise there are numerous coworking spaces to choose from. But, the best fit for you doesn’t have to come at an extreme cost. With affordable options like these, you can find a space within your budget.
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